Holy smokes! Yep, reality seems to hit you on the side of the head sometimes! Today was one of those days, not that I have not seen it coming for the past 256 days, it was just one of those surreal reality checks that happen from time to time. As I wind up the first 50% of my focused training the countdown clock is now under 100 days. I am now in the growing intensity part of my training and on what I consider to be the homestretch towards the start line. With the busy summer ahead, the time will blow by and before i know it I will be standing at the edge of Lake Monona waiting for a gun to go off! Wahoo! So far it has been the time of my life and I don't expect it to be any different over the next 3 months.
As it currently stands the time should fly by, I have an event of some sort every weekend in the month of June and July. Some are races, others are camps, a couple of volunteer events. All that being said, training is still priority one on every one of those weekends, I only can do my first IRONMAN once, so the priorities are in place!
Today was a good run day! A short speed workout as well as a LULULEMON run club night. I chose to go and do my speed work ahead of LULU so that I would be fresh and able to push myself. It was a good workout, with a 15-20 minute warm up followed by a 3 mile 'time trial'. That being said it was to be done at a 1/2 marathon pace and not a 10k? Kind of though to call it time trial and tell you to hold back on a short distance. I felt comfortable and held a 5 min/k pace for the run in order to follow the guideline set out. Overall it served as a good benchmark to see how I would feel and what I would have in the tank if I was to keep going. The season so far has been interesting from a run perspective. When I started this training, I was a 5:30-5:45 min/k runner. I would do that kind of run and struggle when I got to the 15-20k mark. I have now been able to bring it down to a half marathon pace of 5 min/k with a 157 HR, therefore a lot more that I could put into it. I am hungry to be a better/faster runner, but I need to keep it in perspective for this season. I am training for an IRONMAN not to qualify for Boston. That being said it is great as I know that I can push myself and get to a qualifying time if I put the miles and the focus on my running. I digress!
ANother awesome training day, a day of reality! The start line is not the 365 days away that I was hte minute I registered. It is a few races and some good training weekends away!
Stay tuned for some fun adventures as this journey continues to evolve!
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